I am a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist with 10 years of experience in healthcare, academia, and journalism. Check out my website for additional writing samples and project summaries.
Stories of people who leave soul-sucking corporate careers and make a radical change — getting rid of all of their stuff, leaving city life for an ashram, quitting journalism to scoop ice cream on a Caribbean island — are everywhere. But how do you actually make a life reset? Here is honest and realistic advice from others who have done it.
You don’t need to do anything drastic, but you might need to step back and give yourself some time to think.
Is working in nature the antidote to our workplace problems? Or just another corporate wellness fad?
Gambling has expanded dramatically in the United States over the last 25 years--with little discussion of the effect of its wide availability on society. This extensively researched long-form feature highlights the concerns many communities, public officials, and health experts have about the toll taken by such easy access to casinos, state lotteries, and video poker across the country.
Most of us who take a medication expect our doctor to prescribe it based on evidence. But it turns out that basic assumption is often incorrect. Learn why the results of medical trials we rely on for important health decisions may go unheard of.
Although Their Introductions as Treatment Are Different, Two Top Medications for Opioid Addiction Are Equally Effective
I wrote the first draft of a press release and worked on editing with a team at subsequent stages about the first study in the United States and the largest to date comparing the effectiveness of two top opioid addiction treatments. This widely anticipated study was covered in just about every major national publication, including the New York Times, Washington Post, the AP, CNN, and so on.
One of the biggest controversies in health research is the hyping of academic studies. In this feature for the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health's quarterly magazine, 2x2, I dug into this issue to find out where scientific spin originates and why. To provide authoritative and understandable coverage of this issue, I spoke with leading experts and included a few of the most egregious examples of scientific spin.
NYU Langone Opens State-of-the-Art Hospital Pavilion, with City’s Newest Pediatric Hospital Facility in 15 Years
This is a press release about NYU Langone Health opening the doors of a new and much awaited inpatient facility and children’s hospital. In this release, I wove together several news stories: the facility's suite of new and state-of-the-art technologies, a sustainability and resiliency plan developed after the devastation wrought on the medical center by Hurricane Sandy, a design plan that put the institution at the forefront by offering single-patient rooms, and a children's hospital that was the culmination of 10 years of work.
Popular Hypertension Drugs Linked to Worse Heart Health Outcomes in Hypertensive African Americans Compared to Whites
I wrote a press release about a study out of NYU Lagone finding that drugs commonly used to treat high blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks and strokes, are associated with significantly worse cardiovascular outcomes in hypertensive African Americans compared to whites.
Low-Cost Tool in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity: Water Dispensers in NYC Public Schools Associated with Student Weight Loss
I wrote a press release about a new study out of NYU Langone Health finding that making water more available in New York City public schools through self-serve water dispensers in cafeterias resulted in small but statistically significant declines in students’ weight.
For NYU Langone's internal website and newsletter, I covered a talk by editor and cofounder of the site Retraction Watch, Ivan Oransky, at which he offered perspective on why retraction of scientific studies happen and how “they offer a window into the scientific process.”
For NYU Langone Health's internal newsletter in January of 2018, I wrote about a doctor offering advice from his experience preparing for a TED Talk. He spoke about the importance of connecting with the audience and the moment when he realized that the medical school slide deck he had been using for years "wouldn't fly" for his TED talk.
I wrote a press release about a new study out of NYU Langone Health finding an ethnic population at high risk for type 2 diabetes achieved significant control of the disease through participation in community-based health programs.
I wrote a press release about a paper by researchers at NYU Langone Health that ranked medications based on how well their pharmaceutical company manufacturers met their ethical and legal obligation to disclose clinical trial information.